Advanced Mechanical Services Blog: Archive for January, 2017

Why Installing a New Gas Furnace Can Be a Big Money-Saver

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

furnace-burnersAlthough nobody really wants to schedule the installation of new home furnace right in the middle of winter, it’s often necessary if an old furnace isn’t doing its job due to age. It doesn’t have to be a major hassle, either. You only need to call on experts who can do the job fast and right. Our experienced technicians are happy to see that you have a great new gas furnace installation in Hoboken, NJ.

Putting in a new furnace costs money, of course, but it can also help you start to save money. Current furnaces have superior energy efficiency than old models. Furnaces once had AFUE ratings of 56% to 70%, which means they wasted anywhere from 44% to 30% of their natural gas fuel supply when generating heat. But there are now furnaces with AFUE ratings of 98.5% (meaning a mere 1.5% fuel waste), and the ENERGY STAR standard for furnaces is 90% AFUE. Switching from a furnace that has less than 90% AFUE to an ENERGY STAR-certified unit can mean significant savings on utility bills.

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Problems with Dirty Air Filters and Dirty Ducts

Monday, January 16th, 2017

There are a number of different things that can go wrong with a heating system, whether a furnace or heat pump, during our long winters. You can avoid the majority of these problems through a regular maintenance program like ours. It only takes one visit a year to get your heater in great shape.

But there is no way to prevent all heating issues. One that comes up often is something that isn’t specifically wrong with the furnace/heat pump, but with the filters and the ductwork.

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Why a Condensing Furnace Can Be a Big Money-Saver

Monday, January 9th, 2017

To indicate how efficient a gas furnace is—i.e. how well it converts natural gas into heating power—manufacturers use a measure called annual fuel utilization efficiency or AFUE. This is a percentage that shows how much of the furnace’s supply of gas is changed into actual heat and how much is lost to exhaust or natural heat bleed. For example, a furnace with an AFUE of 80% converts 100 units of fuel into 80 units of heat, with 20 units wasted. The measurement is averaged out over a year rather than through a single test.

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Upgrade Your Thermostat to Save Money on Your Bills

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Let’s take a look at your thermostat. You probably haven’t given too much thought to this piece of equipment, and that’s understandable. After all, it’s designed not to draw attention to itself. But that also means it may not get the attention it needs… such as when it needs to be replaced!

Okay, so you’re looking at your thermostat. Now, answer these two questions:

  • Does the thermostat run using sliders and dials?
  • If it doesn’t, can you program it to turn your HVAC system on and off at particular times?

If you answered “yes” to the first one, or “no” to the second, then your thermostat is out of date and you’re missing out on some superb ways to reduce your energy bills.

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